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I've had April 18th in my calendar for weeks after the initial activity at whytheluckystiff.net. Forget the haters, Ruby's better with _why around.



Who are "the haters?"

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Mostly people who were understandably pissed off that along with wiping out his blogs, twitter, etc., he took down his github and abandoned his projects without helping to oversee a transition of stewardship. This included a few high-profile rubyists.

And then presumably also some people who always thought his whimsy was a detriment to the ruby community (by making it seem less professional or something).

(Not my opinions, just information)

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Are there a substantial number of "haters" who have stated that Ruby is better with _why gone? It seems like a straw man.

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It's not a large number of people, but rather some who hold a lot of influence and sway who've attacked _why.

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Which people are those?

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It doesn't matter. Less attention they get the better.

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Like who? Any links?

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I'd probably include the people who were trying to figure out his real life identity.

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Your standard contrarians, I guess.

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Yeah, because the scene totally needs more drama to distract us from the latest Bitcoin / Mtgox debacle...

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You're probably thinking of Zed Shaw. _why just added flavor and whimsy to the community.

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And, like Zed, considerable engineering prowess. Not like that matters or anything.

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There's a difference between talented programming and good engineering, and _why is almost a perfect example of that. Engineering is more about discipline and maintainability than cleverness and artistic expression.

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